History Literature / Holes

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Downplayed. Pendanski never hesitates to talk trash about Zero [[spoiler:or lie about being a doctor]], but he won't let Stanley go thirsty because of Mr. Sir's two weeks of not filling his canteen.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Downplayed. Pendanski never hesitates to talk trash about Zero [[spoiler:or or lie about being a doctor]], doctor, but he won't let Stanley go thirsty because of Mr. Sir's two weeks of not filling his canteen.
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Downplayed. Pendanski never hesitates to talk trash about Zero [[spoiler:or lie about being a doctor]], but he won't let Stanley go thirsty because of Mr. Sir's two weeks of not filling his canteen.
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* FreudianExcuse:
** Kissin' Kate Barlow was a sweet and normal school teacher who made delicious spiced peaches and only became the infamous bank robber history remembers her as because her black lover was lynched.
** The Warden's current activities stem from her horrible childhood under her abusive grandfather's thumb. More specifically, [[spoiler:she's the granddaughter of Trout Walker, who went crazy in his search for Kissin' Kate's stash. He forced his children and grandchildren to dig everyday in the lakebed with him for the rest of his life, even on ''Christmas''. And even still, she's obsessed with trying to finish what he started]]. She's a bitter, cynical and vicious woman, but it's easy to see why.
** The JustifiedCriminal seems to be a minor theme in the book. For example, when Zero and his mother were homeless, they fed and clothed themselves by stealing.



** If Elya had remembered to carry Madam Zeroni up the mountain before getting on the boat yo America, the Yelnats family would not have been cursed.

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** If Elya had remembered to carry Madam Zeroni up the mountain before getting on the boat yo to America, the Yelnats family would not have been cursed.


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* FreudianExcuse:
** Kissin' Kate Barlow was a sweet and normal school teacher who made delicious spiced peaches and only became the infamous bank robber history remembers her as because her black lover was lynched.
** The Warden's current activities stem from her horrible childhood under her abusive grandfather's thumb. More specifically, [[spoiler:she's the granddaughter of Trout Walker, who went crazy in his search for Kissin' Kate's stash. He forced his children and grandchildren to dig everyday in the lakebed with him for the rest of his life, even on ''Christmas''. And even still, she's obsessed with trying to finish what he started]]. She's a bitter, cynical and vicious woman, but it's easy to see why.
** The JustifiedCriminal seems to be a minor theme in the book. For example, when Zero and his mother were homeless, they fed and clothed themselves by stealing.
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* AgonyOfTheFeet: Barfbag manages to get out of Camp Green Lake before Stanley's arrival (his departure leaves a vacancy which Stanley fills) by taking off one shoe and sock and tempting a rattlesnake to bite his foot. Can't blame him for screaming (we see this at the start of the film, we only hear this from Zero in the book).

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* AgonyOfTheFeet: Barfbag manages to get out of Camp Green Lake before Stanley's arrival (his departure leaves a vacancy which Stanley fills) by taking off one shoe and sock and tempting a rattlesnake to bite his foot. Can't blame him for screaming (we see this at the start of the film, film; we only hear this from Zero in the book).



** Stanley would have never ended up at Camp Green Lake if Derrick Dunne hadn't stolen his notebook. By the time Stanley fishes it out of a toilet, he had missed his bus and had to walk home, leading to him ending up with Clyde Livingston's shoes. He also wouldn't have ended up at Camp Green Lake if Zero hadn't stolen the shoes in the first place. Zero even says in the film that it's his fault that Stanley ended up at Camp Green Lake.

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** Stanley would have never have ended up at Camp Green Lake if Derrick Dunne hadn't stolen his notebook. By the time Stanley fishes fished it out of a toilet, he had missed his bus and had to walk home, leading to him ending up with Clyde Livingston's shoes. He [[spoiler:He also wouldn't have ended up at Camp Green Lake with said shoes if Zero hadn't stolen the shoes them in the first place. Zero even says in the film that it's his fault that Stanley ended up at Camp Green Lake. ]]



* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler:Zero admits to Stanley that it's his fault Stanley got sent to Camp Green Lake, because he's the one who stole Clyde Livingston's shoes in the first place.]]



* KickTheDog: Pendanski ''loves'' doing this to Zero, as does The Warden. While The Warden is worse, she's not around the boys 24/7 like Pendanski.

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* KickTheDog: KickTheDog:
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Pendanski ''loves'' doing this to Zero, as does The Warden. While The Warden is worse, she's not around the boys 24/7 like Pendanski.Pendanski.
** When Mr Sir thinks that Stanley stole his sack of sunflower seeds and ate them all, and the Warden scratched his face for bothering her about it, he takes it out on Stanley by not giving him water for around two weeks when he delivers it.



* LargeAndInCharge: Inverted with the boys in Group D. X-Ray is the unofficial leader, but he is described as being the second-smallest of the boys after Zero. Stanley is the biggest, followed by Armpit.



* OhCrap: Mr Sir at the end of the film and stated by him each time.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
** The sheriff in the film gets one when Kate pulls a gun on him, right before she kills him.
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Mr Sir at the end of the film and stated by him each time.



* OnlyOneName: Aside from Stanley and Zero, all the boys of group D are referred to either by their nicknames (by each other, Mr Sir and the Warden) or their real first names (by Pendanski - they are: [[PigLatin X-Ray = Rex]], Armpit = Theodore, Squid = Alan, Magnet = Jose, Zigzag = Ricky, Zero = Hector, Twitch = Brian, and Barf Bag = Lewis). As mentioned above, we find out two of their surnames in ''Literature/SmallSteps''. Armpit's real full name is Theodore Johnson, and X-Ray's is Rex Washburn.

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* OnlyOneName: OnlyOneName:
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Aside from Stanley and Zero, all the boys of group D are referred to either by their nicknames (by each other, Mr Sir and the Warden) or their real first names (by Pendanski - they are: [[PigLatin X-Ray = Rex]], Armpit = Theodore, Squid = Alan, Magnet = Jose, Zigzag = Ricky, Zero = Hector, Twitch = Brian, and Barf Bag = Lewis). As mentioned above, we find out two of their surnames in ''Literature/SmallSteps''. Armpit's real full name is Theodore Johnson, and X-Ray's is Rex Washburn.
** Averted with the Warden. Her surname is Walker, but the film reveals her first name is Lou.


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** When Pendanski finds Mr Sir is depriving Stanley of water after the sunflower seeds incident, Pendanski gives Stanley extra water. This happens for about two weeks.


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* RedRightHand: Madam Zeroni has no left foot.


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* RememberedTooLate: Elya forgets to carry Madam Zeroni up the mountain after leaving Myra's house, and it isn't until he's on the boat to America that he finally remembers he had to do it. Oops.


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* SayMyName:
** Right before Sam is shot in his boat, Kate screams his name. She then says it in a voice full of tears after the gunshot, and breaks into sobs. In the book, she's on the boat with him when he's killed.
** A worried Stanley yells Zero's name into the desert three times after Zero runs away from camp, as Twitch is arriving on the bus.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere:
** Elya, after he realizes Madam Zeroni was right about Myra's stupidity. He tells her she can keep his pig as a wedding present and walks away in disgust. He doesn't just leave her behind for ever, he leaves Latvia behind for ever, going to America like Madam Zeroni's son.
** Zero, after being [[KickTheDog insulted by Pendanski]] one too many times, [[RageBreakingPoint whacks Pendanski across the face]] [[ImprovisedWeapon with a shovel]] and runs away from camp.
** Stanley too, when he steals the water truck and attempts to use it to go after Zero. When he accidentally crashes it into a hole, he continues going on foot.
* SdrawkcabName: Stanley Yelnats. It was originally a filler name used by Louis Sachar when he was writing the book, and he planned to later replace it with a more normal name. He never did, and the name even becomes a plot point.


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* YankTheDogsChain: A very harsh example. Sam does up the schoolhouse for Kate, but after their kiss is witnessed, the schoolhouse is set ablaze and Sam is killed.
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* AbusiveParents: The Warden had an abusive grandfather, Charles "Trout" Walker, who made her dig holes in the lake to try and find the treasure probably as soon as she was old enough. Even on Christmas. In the film, the Warden has a flashback to herself and her grnadfather years earlier digging on the lake, where he shouted at her to keep digging when she told him she was fed up of it.

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* AbusiveParents: The Warden had an abusive grandfather, Charles "Trout" Walker, who made her dig holes in the lake to try and find the treasure probably as soon as she was old enough. Even on Christmas. In the film, the Warden has a flashback to herself and her grnadfather grandfather years earlier digging on the lake, where he shouted at her to keep digging when she told him she was fed up of it.



* AgonyOfTheFeet: Barfbag manages to get out of Camp Green Lake before Stanley's arrival (his departure leaves a vacancy which Stanley fills) by taking off one shoe and sock and tempting a rattlesnake to bite his foot. Can't blame him for screaming (in the film, we only hear this from Zero in the book).

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* AgonyOfTheFeet: Barfbag manages to get out of Camp Green Lake before Stanley's arrival (his departure leaves a vacancy which Stanley fills) by taking off one shoe and sock and tempting a rattlesnake to bite his foot. Can't blame him for screaming (in (we see this at the start of the film, we only hear this from Zero in the book).



** Averted when [[spoiler:Kissin' Kate Barlow allows herself to be bitten by a yellow-spotted lizard to save her from a worse fate than she would receive from the Walkers.]]

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** Averted when [[spoiler:Kissin' Kate Barlow allows herself to be bitten by a yellow-spotted lizard to save her from a worse fate than she would receive from the Walkers.]]]], and when the Warden slashes Mr Sir across the face with her fingernails.



* BrainlessBeauty[=/=]DumbBlonde: Myra Menke. Madame Zeroni says her head is "emptier than a flower pot". But Elya is too entranced by her beauty [[spoiler:but abandons her when he sees she's too dumb to choose between marrying him or Igor. Though, at least in the film, she didn't look too happy being stuck with Igor.]]

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* BrainlessBeauty[=/=]DumbBlonde: Myra Menke. Madame Madam Zeroni says her head is "emptier than a flower pot". But Elya is too entranced by her beauty [[spoiler:but abandons her when he sees she's too dumb to choose between marrying him or Igor. Though, at least in the film, she didn't look too happy being stuck with Igor.]]



** While Madame Zeroni had good reason to be miffed about Elya forgetting about his end of their deal, did she ''really'' have to curse his completely innocent descendants too?

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** While Madame Madam Zeroni had good reason to be miffed about Elya forgetting about his end of their deal, did she ''really'' have to curse his completely innocent descendants too?



* EurekaMoment: "I don't smell anything." [[spoiler:How the Yelnats realize their most recent "cure foot odor" concoction worked.]]



* EthnicMagician: Madame Zeroni is an old Egyptian woman with dark skin and a very wide mouth. She puts a curse on Elya and his descendants for not carrying her up the mountain so she can drink from the stream.

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* EthnicMagician: Madame Madam Zeroni is an old Egyptian woman with dark skin and a very wide mouth. She puts a curse on Elya and his descendants for not carrying her up the mountain so she can drink from the stream.
* EurekaMoment: "I don't smell anything." [[spoiler:How the Yelnats realize their most recent "cure foot odor" concoction worked.]]
* EvilLaugh: Madam Zeroni does one after she tells Elya to carry her up the mountain like he did with the pig so she can drink from the stream. The same laugh is heard again when Elya [[RememberedTooLate suddenly remembers he forgot to do it]], while he's on the boat to America.



* ForWantOfANail: A few examples.
** If Elya had taken his pig up the mountain one last time instead of taking a bath (due to not wanting to present himself to Myra spelling like a pig), his pig would have weighed more than Igor's and he would likely have ended up with Myra. Although, given how dumb she is, it's unlikely there would have been much of a relationship even if Elya had succeeded.
** If Elya had remembered to carry Madam Zeroni up the mountain before getting on the boat yo America, the Yelnats family would not have been cursed.
** Stanley would have never ended up at Camp Green Lake if Derrick Dunne hadn't stolen his notebook. By the time Stanley fishes it out of a toilet, he had missed his bus and had to walk home, leading to him ending up with Clyde Livingston's shoes. He also wouldn't have ended up at Camp Green Lake if Zero hadn't stolen the shoes in the first place. Zero even says in the film that it's his fault that Stanley ended up at Camp Green Lake.
** Kate Barlow wouldn't have become a famed outlaw if Sam hadn't been killed. Stanley Yelnats I would also not have been robbed (at least not by her), and because he met his wife in hospital after said robbery, the three younger generations of Stanley Yelnats would not have been born.



* GypsyCurse: Madame Zeroni's curse.

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* GypsyCurse: Madame Madam Zeroni's curse.



* HereditaryCurse: A bad luck curse on the main character's family due to an ancestor cheating a gypsy drives the plot. [[spoiler:The way to lift the curse is hereditary as well. Madame Zeroni's part of the deal was for Stanley's ancestor to carry her to the top of a nearby mountain to drink from the spring so she may become strong. A century later Stanley carries Madame Zeroni's descendant to the top of a mountain where he can drink from the spring, fulfilling the Yelnats' part of the bargain and lifting the curse.]]

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* HereditaryCurse: A bad luck curse on the main character's family due to an ancestor cheating a gypsy drives the plot. [[spoiler:The way to lift the curse is hereditary as well. Madame Madam Zeroni's part of the deal was for Stanley's ancestor to carry her to the top of a nearby mountain to drink from the spring so she may become strong. A century later Stanley carries Madame Madam Zeroni's descendant to the top of a mountain where he can drink from the spring, fulfilling the Yelnats' part of the bargain and lifting the curse.]]



* RedBaron: Katherine "Kissin' Kate" Barlow

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* RedBaron: Katherine "Kissin' Kate" BarlowBarlow.
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* CanonForeigner: Stanley's grandfather, Stanley Yelnats II, in the film. Mostly due to being the only Yelnats that didn't appear in the book.

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* CanonForeigner: Stanley's grandfather, Stanley Yelnats II, in the film. Mostly due to being the only Yelnats that didn't appear in the book. He also made getting out all the exposition without the benefit of book narration much easier.
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* AbusiveParents: The Warden had an abusive grandfather, Charles "Trout" Walker, who made her dig holes in the lake to try and find the treasure probably as soon as she was old enough. Even on Christmas. In the film, the Warden has a flashback to herself and her grnadfather years earlier digging on the lake, where he shouted at her to keep digging when she told him she was fed up of it.



** "Trout" Walker was one of the people to lead and spearhead the town's mob against Katherine and Sam. He winds up broke during the drought and spends the rest of his days digging for a treasure and never finding it.

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** "Trout" Walker was one of the people to lead and spearhead the town's mob against Katherine and Sam. He [[RichesToRags winds up broke broke]] during the drought and spends the rest of his days digging for a treasure and never finding it.



* NoSympathy: In the film, a flashback near the end shows the Warden as a girl, telling "Trout" Walker (her grandfather) she's tired of digging. His response: "THAT'S TOO DAMN BAD! You keep digging!"



* PetTheDog: Mr. Sir gives Zigzag an extra carton of orange juice for his birthday. Everyone is surprised that Mr Sir did it.

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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Mr. Sir gives Zigzag an extra carton of orange juice for his birthday. Everyone is surprised that Mr Sir did it.
** In her first appearance, in both the book and the film, the Warden tells Pendanski to top off everyone's canteen, despite the fact that he had filled them moments before. In the same scene she also demands that for (she thinks) finding the gold tube, X-Ray should not only get a day off, but also double shower tokens and a snack.


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* PoliceAreUseless: The sheriff of Green Lake refuses to help Kate when the mob is destroying the schoolhouse, because Sam has broken the law by kissing her ("It's against the law for a Negro to kiss a white woman"). This lack of help allows Trout and his men to kill Sam.
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The boys of Group D usually use their nicknames to refer to each other, except for Stanley and Zero after Stanley learns Zero's actual name. In particular, Armpit never likes to be referred to by his real name of Theodore. At the end, Armpit asks Stanley to call his mother and apologize on his behalf, saying, "Tell her Theodore said he was sorry." This is changed from the book, as it's Squid, not Armpit, who asks Stanley this favour ("Tell her Alan said he was sorry"), but it's still played straight, as the boys refer to each other by their nicknames rather than their actual names, except for Stanley before he acquires his nickname of Caveman.
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* CoolCar: Whenever Twitch sees what he calls " a really nice car", he starts twitching and itches to go for a joyride, though he never really plans to steal one. He thinks this of the Mustang convertible he stole that got him sent to Camp Green Lake, and he also thinks this of the Jaguar that Stanley's attorney uses in the film, implying he wants to steal it. Magnet warns him not to ("Don't even think about it, Twitch"). This even forms a BrickJoke, as when the Jaguar drives away at the end, he tries to run after it before being held back by Squid.



* OnlyOneName: Aside from Stanley and Zero, all the boys of group D are referred to either by their nicknames (by each other, Mr Sir and the Warden) or their real first names (by Pendanski - they are: [[PigLatin X-Ray = Rex]], Armpit = Theodore, Squid = Alan, Magnet = Jose, Zigzag = Ricky, Zero = Hector, and Twitch = Brian). As mentioned above, we find out two of their surnames in ''Literature/SmallSteps''. Armpit's real full name is Theodore Johnson, and X-Ray's is Rex Washburn.

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* OnlyOneName: Aside from Stanley and Zero, all the boys of group D are referred to either by their nicknames (by each other, Mr Sir and the Warden) or their real first names (by Pendanski - they are: [[PigLatin X-Ray = Rex]], Armpit = Theodore, Squid = Alan, Magnet = Jose, Zigzag = Ricky, Zero = Hector, and Twitch = Brian).Brian, and Barf Bag = Lewis). As mentioned above, we find out two of their surnames in ''Literature/SmallSteps''. Armpit's real full name is Theodore Johnson, and X-Ray's is Rex Washburn.
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Averted. Although the boys only refer to each other and later to Stanley by their nicknames, Pendanski refers to all of them, bar Zero, by their real names. Towards the end, however, he refers to Zero by his real name of Hector. In ''Literature/SmallSteps'', we even get two of their surnames: Johnson for Armpit, and Washburn for X-Ray.

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Averted. Although the boys only refer to each other and later to Stanley by their nicknames, Pendanski refers to all of them, bar Zero, by their real names. Towards the end, however, he refers to Zero by his real name of Hector. In ''Literature/SmallSteps'', we even get two of their surnames: Johnson for Armpit, and Washburn for X-Ray. [[spoiler:Subverted by Mr Sir in the film, too: his real name turns out to be Marion Sevillo. Cue an OhCrap from him when the Attorney General recognizes him and uses his name.]]
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